TIPS FOR OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING

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It’s one of my favorite times of the year! Backyard BBQ’s, porch dinners, and patio sipping. Now that Kagen and I are in our house we love being out on the patio. Whether we are hosting a get-together or it’s just us having take out we spend most of our evenings on the back porch. When it comes to entertaining our guests there are a few things we can do to help us be prepared and make our guests comfortable. Of course, there are the basics of good food and good drinks, but it doesn’t stop there.

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One thing that we have focused on the most is avoiding bug bites! I don’t know about you, but it’s the worst feeling when you are enjoying a beautiful dinner outside and you can’t even hold your fork up because you are swatting away the mosquitoes! Ugh… it’s driving me nuts thinking about it. haha!

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Mosquitoes are not just annoying but they can be so dangerous to our homes and ourselves. With mosquitoes caring such scary diseases like Zika, West Nile and others, Kagen and I chose to protect our guests by getting our yard treated for mosquitoes. Having Orkin service our yard was the most important step we could take toward prevention, but there are always more.

Here are my top tips for outdoor entertaining:

While you are at the grocery store grab a can of EPA-registered mosquito repellent spray for you and your guests to use.

Other things you can grab to keep you prepared for a spontaneous get together are some delicious cheeses, crackers, and olives. It’s the easiest and one of my favorite apps to serve.

Don’t want to close your doors all the way? A screen door is the perfect way to prevent these little guys from getting in.

Be aware of any standing water, which attracts mosquitoes. I know after I water our plants there is normally some, so just grab the broom and sweep it off the porch.

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Plastic plates are the way to go when you are hosting a dinner outside. There are so many cute ones out there right now. So grab you a set of plates and you will be ready for any party.

One last tip, keep a low maintenance center piece. I don’t have a green thumb whatsoever! haha! Succulents are easy to keep, and really bring life to your table.

It’s the perfect time to get your home treated and throw the most talked about outdoor gathering! Kagen and I are beyond pleased with the results after getting our yard treated for mosquitoes by Orkin. Be free from mosquitoes this summer. Call 877-778-2497 and metion Zero Bite (0bite) or sign up here for $50 OFF your initial service for mosquito control. Your local Orkin Pest Control branch will walk you through the process and give you all the information you need to know in order to prevent mosquitoes. Keep your guest from getting bitten and call Orkin!